Starting as a Full-Time Private Practice Can Be Risky
Believe me, I get e-mails every week from therapists who decide that “This is the year!” to launch their practices. They quit their jobs, sign leases on office space, buy new computers and sign up for pricey online documentation systems.
They don’t start marketing their services until they are “ready for business.”
And what happens?
They get a few leads here and there but it isn’t the massive interest they were hoping for. Next thing you know you’ve seen about 5 clients in a month and have 10x that amount due for your lease and other bills.
Then you panic and think you’ve made a horrible mistake. Private practice wasn’t what you thought. You’re discouraged, fearful, angry, your confidence is blown and now you’re going into debt because you don’t have a steady income.
Try this instead.
Gradually Move Your Practice from Part-Time to Full-Time:
Private practice is what YOU want it to be.
Consider starting part-time. Then either keep it at that level or grow it. It’s up to you. It’s YOUR private practice.
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Jena H. Casbon, MS CCC-SLP is a private practice consultant who helps SLPs, OTs and PTs start their own private practices. She is the author of two books: The Guide to Private Patients and The Guide to Creating a Web Presence For Your Private Practice and an online course, Grow Your Private Practice.